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Grammathu Virundu – Feast from the villages

Villages, the backbone of India, are the rural parts of India where the age old traditions and practices are still in vogue. Sun TV the regional sattelite channel broadcasts a weekend food program called ” Sunday Samayal “. This program has a series called Grammathu Virundhu – roughly translates as ” Feast from the village ” hosted by Paravai Muniamma.

Paravai Muniamma demonstrating – Courtesy suntv

She presents recipes that are from the olden days – truly nutritious and healthy without much hungama. I thought it would be good to present her recipes on my blog. This would be a nice place to collect all the village recipes – some with forgotten ingredients like ragi, millet, etc. In times where we do not even have access to mothers recipes, I think getting access to a grandmother’s recipe from villages is worth treasuring. I might not try out all these recipes but thought I will try to capture them in my blog. If any of you try out these dishes please let me know, I will create a link.

Today the recipe presented was “Verkadalai vadai – Peanut fritters”. Here is her recipe. She does not give the quantity of any of the ingredients. I will try to interpret what I have seen.

Ingredients :

– small onions ( pearl onions ) – 5, 6
– all purpose flour – 3 tablespoon
– rice flour – 3/4 cup
– roasted, powdered peanuts – 1/2 to 3/4th cup
– curry leaves 4
– coriander leaves – 2 tsps
– green chillies – 3
– salt
– oil for deep frying

Procedure :

– Mix all ingredients except oil.
– Heat oil
– Add a tbs of oil to the mixture of ingredients. Mix well. Add some water until the consistency of dough. ( dont add water to the hot oil mixture it will splutter )
– Flatten balls of dough and deep fry.


November 12, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Wow! This is real cool Revathi! I love her programme…And I make it a point to watch ‘Sunday Samaiyal’ and I write down her recipes as much as I can…Will try to post some of them…

    Your’s is a wonderful initiative! 🙂


    Comment by Chandrika | November 13, 2006 | Reply

  2. Hi Revathi, felt as though went to south and came back. Its really nice. Tks for sharing. Viji

    Comment by Vcuisine | November 13, 2006 | Reply

  3. Thats a nice idea Revathi!looking forward to her recipes.

    Comment by Sumitha | November 13, 2006 | Reply

  4. Hi Revathi,
    I love her programme on sundays, the way she concludes the dish with a garamathu paadal. Nice job is to collect her recipes in our blogs.

    Comment by Lakshmiammal | November 13, 2006 | Reply

  5. yep we too avanga recipes paarthu try pannuvom…silathu will turn out really gud 🙂

    Comment by Syam | November 13, 2006 | Reply

  6. Is this also called meddu vada? I remember making something similar to this long time ago.

    Comment by RP | November 14, 2006 | Reply

  7. I saw this show on sunday .. but I missed the ingredients part. Vada with peanuts is a brilliant idea isnt it !
    Will try out ths recipe soon.

    Comment by Priya S&S | November 14, 2006 | Reply

  8. Revathi! Good recipe. Eagerly waiting for more such recipes.

    Comment by Manju | November 16, 2006 | Reply

  9. Infact i love this program in SUNTV. In India its aired at 3.30 PM on Sundays and somehow i try to watch this.

    Comment by Krishnakumar | November 16, 2006 | Reply

  10. Very nice. Thanx for sharing.

    Comment by Puspha | November 16, 2006 | Reply

  11. I love the capture from sun tv… looks so cool. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Comment by mandira | November 16, 2006 | Reply

  12. Hi Revathi,

    You have come with good receipe…
    vadai with verkandalai is something interesting…

    I even like towatch the programme which combines of 5star, microwave,grammathu,arogya samayal…

    Comment by USHA | November 16, 2006 | Reply

  13. Thank you for blogging this recipe Revathi, i have never even heard of this. I just thought of something else while reading this. I saw the movie Dhool when i was in Madurai, accidnetally the day we went to the theatre was the 50th day after release, and they stopped the movie half way through,and to everyone’s surprise and elation and vikram, Muniamma, and other artists came into the theatre. I remember her singing a song, it was indeed a powerful performance. I never knew that she runs a cookery show. THank you for this post,brought back memories !

    Comment by archana | November 17, 2006 | Reply

  14. crunchy cool dish for winter Revs and loved TV photo:) May be you should make a vedio of ot so we can watch it:D

    Great stuff,Happy Thanksgiving!

    Comment by Foodie's Hope | November 19, 2006 | Reply

  15. Good job Revathi. This is useful for ppl like me, who love recipes and villages but have no access to Sun TV.



    Comment by மதி கந்தசாமி (Mathy) | November 19, 2006 | Reply

  16. oh my god… how did i miss this blog:) so many lovely recipes… will visit again and again:)

    Comment by Sia's corner | November 19, 2006 | Reply

  17. Hi Revathi,

    Thanks for sharing this recipe.Please do share more recipes from the programme…it will be of great help to people like me who have no access to sun tv.I am eagerly looking forward for more such recipes from sun tv…thanks a lot…

    Comment by diya | November 20, 2006 | Reply


    Comment by Anonymous | November 28, 2006 | Reply

  19. Hey Revathi,

    Posting Paravai Muniamma’s recipes on your blog is definetely a very refreshing idea! The lady is simple superb on “Sunday samayal”. She succeeds 100% in creating a village like ambience through her usage of mud pots and pans, and rendition of village folk songs in the midst of her programme.

    Comment by PRITYA | January 30, 2007 | Reply

  20. Can anyone tell how/where to get the collection gramathu paadal lyrics?

    Comment by A | August 7, 2007 | Reply

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